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Thin Places

‘Early the next morning, long before dawn, he arose and went off to a secluded place, where he prayed.’ Mark 1:35 (NIV) At the beginning of September I was on holiday in Northumberland. While we were there we visited the coastal village of Alnmouth with its salt marshes and sand dunes. During our walk pheasants … Continue reading Thin Places

Loss and Damage Action Day 2022

A third of Pakistan is underwater. Blistering heat has gripped the UK, Europe and the Horn of Africa – but it’s those least responsible for the climate crisis who are fighting for their lives and livelihoods. More than 33 million people have been impacted by the catastrophic flooding in Pakistan, with over a thousand fatalities. … Continue reading Loss and Damage Action Day 2022

Archbishop Justin Welby and the Bullingdon Fabulist

So should the Archbishop of Canterbury have spoken out against the forced removal of asylum seekers from the UK to Rwanda, 4097 miles away on the other side of the world! Yes, he has a duty to do so. If fact bishops should be a far more vocal than they have been in the past, especially when unethical acts are being committed by those whom believe that they are in-charge.  Continue reading Archbishop Justin Welby and the Bullingdon Fabulist

If God Created the World, do Christians need to worry about the environment?

God blessed them and told them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth; subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the seas and over the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.” — Genesis 1:28 On December 26, 1966, Lynn Townsend White jr, a professor … Continue reading If God Created the World, do Christians need to worry about the environment?

The Battle of Civilisation

I personally do not believe that war can ever be justified for any reason. “Thou shalt not kill” is not a suggestion but a moral imperative included as one of the Ten Commandments in the Torah. War tends to make killers out of normally decent people. There is a lot of turbulence within our world caused by diverse political opinions, and threats of war and violence seem to be an ever-present shadow that lurks over every single nation in the world. We should never be under the illusion that war –no matter how much politicians believe it necessary or justified– is not a crime against all of humanity. As God said to Cain ‘Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the soil. Now may you be cursed far from the soil that drank the blood of your brother that you have shed.” (Genesis 4:10-11) All citizens and governments have a duty to work toward the avoidance of war… Continue reading The Battle of Civilisation

The Young Pope and The New Pope

The Neapolitan director screenwriter and author, Paolo Sorrentino (51) places God on the stage, affirms Him, denies Him, seeks Him, refuses Him, invokes Him, “curses” Him; yet God, always remains the protagonist within these episodes and with Him humanity and their questions about Him. These are the great challenge that confront humanity and therefore, as far as I am concerned, the director has already won. In Paolo Sorrentino we trust… Continue reading The Young Pope and The New Pope


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The grace of the Holy Spirit brings together those living in solitude to make a communion in love, in the image of the Church, one and extending to all ends of the earth.

A solitary communion.

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